John Clayton

John Clayton
John Clayton is hosting a new weekday show from 10 to noon and writing columns for as part of his expanded role at 710 ESPN Seattle. Clayton also hosts his own Saturday morning show and appears each weekday on "Brock and Salk" as well as "Danny, Dave and Moore." Nicknamed "The Professor" for his wealth of football knowledge, Clayton has been covering the NFL for more than four decades, starting as a high-schooler in 1972 for the Daily Press in St. Marys, Pa. He joined The Pittsburgh Press in 1976, moved to The News Tribune in 1986 and joined ESPN full time in 1998 as a senior NFL writer and commentator. In 2007, Clayton was inducted into the writers' wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Follow him on Twitter @ClaytonESPN

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John Schneider has never made fewer than eight selections in any of his seven drafts as Seattle's GM. (AP)
Clayton: Seahawks should get two compensatory picks, have seven choices total in 2017 draft
John Clayton | February 22, 2017 6:05 am

Now that the NFL has decided to not dock the Seahawks a draft pick over the Richard Sherman situation, John Clayton takes stock of the selections Seattle is expected to have.

The Seahawks could bring in veteran left tackle Ryan Clady after the Jets declined his option for 2017. (AP)
John Clayton: Seahawks suddenly have several LT options to consider
John Clayton | February 17, 2017 12:11 pm

As of Tuesday, there weren’t many veteran options available for the Seahawks to bolster their offensive line. But several left tackles have suddenly popped into view.

Having to forfeit a second-round pick for not listing Richard Sherman's knee injury would have been an excessive punishment for what amounted to a clerical error on the Seahawks' part, writes John Clayton. (AP)
Clayton: Thoughts on the Seahawks not being punished by the NFL, Blair Walsh’s contract and more
John Clayton | February 15, 2017 6:05 am

John Clayton weighs in on four recent Seahawks developments: the NFL not punishing the team over the Richard Sherman situation, Cliff Avril’s surgery, Blair Walsh’s contract and the three changes to their coaching staff.

Carson Palmer announced Thursday he will return to quarterback the Arizona Cardinals in 2017. (AP)
Clayton: Flurry of news from NFC West adds intrigue for Seahawks
John Clayton | February 10, 2017 9:08 am

The Seahawks may still be favored to control the NFC West, but several stories that came out Thursday have thickened the plot for 2017 and beyond.

C.J. Prosise averaged more than 8 yards per touch as a rookie but only played in six games. (AP)
Clayton: James White’s Super Bowl performance is a reminder of what C.J. Prosise can give the Seahawks
John Clayton | February 7, 2017 2:28 pm

Patriots running back James White delivered an MVP-worthy performance in Super Bowl LI with three touchdowns. C.J. Prosise could be the Seahawks’ version of White, writes John Clayton.

Atlanta's Keanu Neal not only draws comparisons to Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor, he welcomes them. (AP)
John Clayton: In run to Super Bowl under Dan Quinn, Falcons followed Seahawks’ template on defense
John Clayton | February 3, 2017 4:38 pm

The Falcons may not have the numbers yet like the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom when Dan Quinn was defensive coordinator, but they’re looking a lot like those great defenses he coached.

Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn has led Atlanta to the Super Bowl in his second season. (AP)
Clayton: Former Seahawks assistant Dan Quinn has been the right man in charge for Atlanta
John Clayton | February 1, 2017 10:36 am

One of the central figures in Super Bowl LI is Falcons coach Dan Quinn. As much everyone talks about the seven Super Bowl appearances shared by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, Quinn has been in three of the past four, two as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator. Despite having a secondary decimated by injuries as Super […]

Kam Chancellor is scheduled to count $8.125 million against the cap in 2017, the final year of his deal. (AP)
Clayton: Seahawks may want to let Kam Chancellor play out his deal
John Clayton | January 27, 2017 6:05 am

Kam Chancellor is entering the final year of his contract, which means he’s eligible for an extension. The Seahawks, though, may not want to make a long-term commitment with possible questions about his durability.

Despite his hefty price tag, John Clayton writes that the Seahawks are better off with him than not. (AP)
Clayton: When it comes to the Jimmy Graham debate, Seahawks need to add talent, not subtract
John Clayton | January 25, 2017 6:30 am

Jimmy Graham’s $10 million salary is a lot, but John Clayton writes that the Seahawks should build around him considering his otherworldly talent at tight end.

The Seahawks built tremendous depth at cornerback in 2013, but are now looking thin at the position. (AP)
John Clayton: With depth at CB not what it used to be, Seahawks could welcome back familiar faces
John Clayton | January 20, 2017 6:00 am

Cornerback has long been a strength for the Seahawks, but after DeShawn Shead’s ACL injury, they are already looking for ways to rebuild depth at the position.